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Governor Brownback Honors State Employees with 40 and 50 Years of Service in 2012

by Bart Sprague | Sep 14, 2012

Topeka - More than 500 family members, friends and co-workers joined Governor Sam Brownback in August on the south lawn of the Kansas Statehouse as he honored state employees with 40 and 50 years of service during an employee appreciation brown bag luncheon and ice cream social.

“On behalf of Dr. Colyer, Cabinet Secretaries and agency directors – thank you for your dedication to our state and its citizens,” Gov. Brownback told the state employees.  “You help keep our communities safe.  You help educate our college students.  You help those who need a hand up.   You help run our state government. The work you do on behalf of your fellow Kansans may sometimes be behind the scenes – but it is always appreciated.”


John C. Brown

John Carey Brown started state service in 1969 as an undergraduate student computer operator with Wichita State University. Before becoming a full-time classified employee in 1971 as the Assistant to the Director, he also served as an undergraduate programmer/analyst and as a graduate research assistant. He left WSU to join the KBI as a computer system analyst in 1973. He left the KBI in 1982 as the agency Administrative Officer and moved to the Division of Information Systems and Communications in the Department of Administration as an EDP Policy and Systems Analyst. From 1982 through 1987 he also served as a Special Projects Assistant to the Director and as the Assistant to the Director. In 1987 he moved to the Division of Purchases and served as a State Contracting Officer for 4 years, until 1991, when he returned to DISC as an Information Resource Manager. From 1998 through 2000, he served with the Office of the Attorney General as the Criminal Justice Information System Director. In 2000 he returned to DISC and served as an Information Resource Manager and as a Public Service Executive III until his appointment as the Director of the Kansas Information Technology Office in June, 2010. Carey is married to Jana Brown, has two children, David and Elizabeth, and one grandchild with a 2nd expected this month. Carey has a BA from WSU, a MPA from KU, and is a State Certified Project Manager (2000) and a State Certified Law Enforcement Officer (1972).


Joyce M. Heiman

Joyce is the manager of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program and the Federal Bonding program within the Kansas Department of Commerce’s Workforce Services Division. She has worked in the Division since 2005.  Joyce supervises several staff members that manage the processing of about 24,000 WOTC applications per year.  Before WOTC, she was involved with the Targeted Jobs Tax Credit program for many years. TJTC/WOTC by the Kansas Department of Human Resources, now call the Kansas Department of Labor.  Joyce also managed the Kansas Wheat Harvest program for several years, which is a program that provided free employment services to connect farmers and harvesting crews.  Joyce and her husband Ron have a son Adam, daughter-in-law Sheila, and grandson Blake. They also have a “grandpuppy” named Lucy.


Marlyn K. Burch

Marlyn Burch is director of the Life Division of the Kansas Insurance Department assuming that position in 1961.  He received a Bachelor’s in Administration degree from Emporia State College in 1957 and worked for the auditing division of the Santa Fe Railroad prior to joining the Insurance Department.  Mr. Burch has continued his education through the years with numerous workshops and courses in insurance and management as well as giving speeches and moderating various symposiums on life insurance and current trends of the industry.  Mr. Burch has been very active working with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) representing several commissioners throughout his career. Working with that organization and other states he has helped draft model language and assisted in the implementation of laws which assist states in obtaining unity in regulation. Currently Mr. Burch is involved in several national working groups developing the Interstate Compact National Task force policy forms, as well as other task forces using modern technology to improve any areas common to the various states.  He continues to monitor the constant evolution of insurance products striving to meet current needs of the public and credits his excellent staff and supportive commissioners with making his job continually interesting and fulfilling.  Marlyn resides in Topeka with his wife of 52 years, and enjoys an active and fulfilling life outside of work where he continues to serve as an officer and member of several civic and philanthropic boards.


Carolyn K. Harp

Carolyn Harp was born in Arkansas City to Carl and Melba Foote. Her father worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad and Conoco. Her mother was a state employee with the Winfield State Hospital and Training Center. She had one brother who also worked for Winfield State Hospital and Training Center. The family lived in Winfield, Kansas where she attended school.  Carolyn began her state employment in February of 1969 at the Winfield State Hospital and Training Center. She was hired in part time in the dietary department. In 1974, she went into a full time dietary position until closure of the hospital in 1997.  During 1998, Carolyn began employment with Wichita State University where she served in a custodial position until she had an opportunity to work at the Winfield Middle School in the housekeeping department. During August of 2000 she moved to the Kansas Veterans’ Home with the dietary department. Carolyn recently went to a part time dietary position and plans to continue working as long as her health permits.  Carolyn enjoys spending her free time reading and watching some television. She continues to live in Winfield with her mother.  She attends the Dunamis church in Winfield.


Frank A. Britt

Frank graduated from the University of Missouri at Rolla with a BS in Civil Engineering in the spring of 1972. He began work at KDOT June 12, 1972. After completing rotational training he was assigned to the Turkey Creek Construction office in Kansas City. In 1976 Frank was promoted and joined the Regional Materials office in Kansas City. In 2002 he was promoted to Regional Materials Engineer.

Ronald N. Edwards

Ronald is an avid bird watcher and believes we should take care of our feathered friends. He enjoys fishing and working with wood and metal fabricating. Ronald has done numerous projects to make the job at the shop easier himself and fellow workers. He received a monetary reward for one project to replace guard blocks. Ronald believes efficiency is safer and gets more work done than sweat. He believes in doing a job right and be award of your surroundings. Ronald says he has smelled a lot of roses in his time.

Lloyd Duane Zimmerman

Duane says on December 1, 1961, a young, innocent 18 year old youth started to work for the Kansas Highway Commission. He says he is neither young nor innocent now after fifty plus years. Duane has devoted his entire career to designing highways of Kansas, especially the best potholes in the United States of America.


Steve E. Crockett

Steve Crockett began his long tenure with the State of Kansas in the fall of 1971 at the Larned State Hospital, working as a Licensed Mental Health Technician supervising adult males at the Larned State Security Hospital.  In June of 1982, he promoted to Agency 412 as the Youth Service Juvenile Corrections Director/Major. In this capacity, he assisted with designing the security of both the LJCF and the KJCC facilities. He also had the opportunity to present numerous workshops and training for law enforcement, school, and hospital personnel, as well as for members of local communities and other State agencies. In March of 2007, due to medical restrictions, he became the LJCF Disciplinary Hearing Officer, a position he still holds.  Mr. Crockett has achieved many certifications and is a 2002 graduate of the Certified Public Manager Program at Kansas University.  Steve possesses a strong conviction for assisting in the habilitation of the incarcerated young men. A graduate of Lewis High School, Steve and his wife of 39 years now live in Larned.  They have two children, a son who lives in Commerce City, Colorado, a daughter who lives in Larned, and one grandchild.  During the summer months, Steve loves going camping at Lake Kanopolis. He is known as a great cook and loves to collect cook books.  His specialties are smoked meats, gumbo, Chinese cuisine, and homemade chicken pot pie. An avid fan of hot, spicy food, Steve’s fellow employees are always on a quest to find a hot sauce that is too fiery for him to eat; to this point, that has yet to be accomplished!  Steve’s community involvement includes serving as an Assistant Boy Scout leader and member of USD 495 School Board; he also has tenure as a local Crime Stoppers member. Every Halloween, the Crockett’s transform their yard and garage into a free “haunted” attraction for the enjoyment of youth and adults alike.


James H. Deister

James Deister is a 1963 graduate of Grant County Rural High School in Ulysses, Kansas.  From November 1965 to October 1, 1968 he served in the United States Army. He retired from the service as a result of gunshot wounds to the head, chest and right elbow when their reconnaissance platoon was overrun by North Vietnamese troops on November 18, 1967.  In 1970 he received his BA in Psychology and in 1972 a MS in Rehabilitation Counseling, both from Emporia State University. In May 1972 he started as a Rehabilitation Counselor in the vocational evaluation unit of the former Kansas Vocational Rehabilitation Center in Salina, Kansas. James then became a Rehabilitation Counselor for the Program for the Deaf at KVRC. In October 1978 to present he is Rehabilitation Counselor in the Salina Area District for Department for Children and Families formerly the SRS.  From 2000 to 2008 James represented the Vocational Rehabilitation agency on the Governor’s Mental Health Planning Council and from 2002 to 2011 he served as Commissioner on the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. He currently is a member of the Kansas Rehabilitation Council. James is proud of his 40 plus years of service as an employee of the State of Kansas.


Stuart B. Ervay

Dr. Stuart Ervay joined the faculty of the School of Education at Kansas State Teachers College in August, 1971.  During his 40 years at Emporia State he has served as an instructor in the secondary teacher education program, director of the Office of Professional Laboratory Experiences, executive director of the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence (formerly the Center for Educational Research and Service), director of the ESU School Leadership Center, chair of the Division of School Leadership and Middle/Secondary Teacher Education, and assistant dean of The Teachers College.  He was founder of the nonprofit Curriculum Leadership Institute, which continues to provide onsite service to dozens of school districts throughout the United States, and co-founder of the Educational Service and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas (ESSDACK).  Dr. Ervay officially retired in May, 2012 and is continuing to teach a reduced course load for two more years.

Cooper B. Holmes

Cooper B. Holmes, Professor of Psychology, came to (then) Kansas State Teacher’s College in August, 1971 after completing his Ph.D. in June at the University of Toledo, and after working four years at Toledo State Hospital.  In addition to his teaching a wide variety of psychology courses, he is a researcher and author, with 8 books, 4 book chapters, 74 published articles, and 74 presentations—singly and with many colleagues, and he has directed over 100 master’s theses.  He is the 1990 Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor.  In 1984-1985 Cooper completed training in neuropsychology at the Kansas City VA Medical Center under the direction of a former student, Dr. Michael E. Howard.  Cooper is a licensed psychologist.  His wife, Dee Ann, is an instructor in Elementary Education/Early Childhood/ Special Education and is the Director of Professional Development Schools in Emporia.

John C. Rich

John joined the accounting faculty in 1968 and has been a member ever since except for two years in the U. S. Army and two years of leave.  John had the opportunity to work with many wonderful students who have distinguished themselves in the business and accounting professional communities.  He served as Chair of what is now the Department of Accounting and Information Systems from 1984 – 1994, as Associate Dean of the School of Business from 1994 – 2011.  The School of Business achieved AACSB accreditation during that time. Dr. Rich currently is the Interim Dean of the School of Business.  He was faculty advisor at the time of founding the Accounting Club and the recent re-chartering of Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity.  Appointed Faculty Athletics Representative in 1990, John continues to serve in that role.  He has been President of the MIAA and chaired the NCAA Division II Academic Requirements Committee.  John has received the Xi Phi Outstanding Faculty Award, the University Service Citation from the Alumni Association, and the Citation of Excellence from the Department of Athletics. 

Melvin G. Storm

Mel Storm received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Wyoming and his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His academic area is medieval literature and language, but over the years he has taught courses on everything from linguistics to mythology to vampires and Sherlock Holmes.  Not counting exams, he has graded about 18,000 papers.  Mel’s wife, Donna, whom he met in graduate school, supervises student teachers for the college of education.


James P. Adams

James P. Adams, Associate Professor, 4-H Youth Development began his career as an Agricultural Extension Agent in northeast Kansas in Atchison county. He worked as an Area 4-H Specialist in northwest Kansas based in Colby where he developed an area day camping program and assisted counties in 4-H program development while judging many county fair livestock shows. He also coordinated the state 4-H livestock judging contest at the state fair for many years. As a State Extension Specialist in 4-H Youth Development, Jim has provided leadership for most of the 4-H animal and plant projects at various times plus Geology and Shooting Sports. He has also served as co-coordinator and coordinator of the 4-H divisions of the Kansas State Fair while being responsible for the curriculum development of 4-H materials. Jim has served and chaired the National 4-H Curriculum Development Team in past years.  

Steven J. Galitzer

Dr. Galitzer’s professional career at Kansas State University started in 1971 with a position in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He worked in the College of Agriculture prior to his current position for the Vice President of Administration & Finance. In his present position as Director of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety and Associate Director of the Division of Public Safety, he is responsible for all aspects of employee and student safety for the K-State campus. During his employment he has taught courses for the College of Engineering and Continuing Education.

Terry L. Gugle

Terry received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Industry and a Master of Science in ruminant nutrition from Kansas State University. He continued on with KSU as manager of the Animal Science feed mills, which prepares research rations for the livestock units. It has been a pleasure to work with a great family within our Animal Science Department. Over the forty years one of his biggest rewards has been working with the student employees and offering guidance as they mature into responsible job worthy young adults. An added bonus has been when former student employees’ children have come to him for employment as once their parents did.

Michael C. Holen

Michael has served Kansas State University as a faculty member, department head, Associate Dean, and as Dean of Education for 22 years. He also represented the institution as Big 12 Faculty Athletics Representative for 11 years. Dr. Holen carries the title of Lydia and Elvon Skeen Professor. He received the University Award for Distinguished Service to Minority Education in 1988, the Rural Educator of the Year Award from ACRES in 2002, the Golden Apple Award from the Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom in 2011, and was named the University of Oregon Education Outstanding Alumnus in 2004. In 2002, Leadership Studies and Programs named their Outstanding Leadership Award in his honor and in 2012 the National Academic Advising Association named their national Pacesetter Award in his honor.

H. Hugh Irvin

H. Hugh Irvin earned a BS in Computer Science from KSU in 1971. He was a computer programmer for the KSU Computing Center from 1972 to 2000. He became a free-lance flight instructor in 1983 and has flight instructor ratings for single-engine airplane, multi-engine airplane, and instrument airplane. He also has ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) as well as Advanced Ground Instructor certificates. In 2000 he transferred from Computer and Network Services (CNS) to the KSU Salina Aviation Department. He currently teaches multiengine airplane, flight instructor airplane, multiengine flight instructor, and instrument flight instructor ground schools. Mr. Irvin also performs standardization flights for the department's new instructors and stage checks for the department's flight students.  He also provides flight training to students working toward their FAA flight instructor, multiengine flight instructor, and instrument flight instructor certificates.

Garland G. Lewis

Garland began his career in the Department of Housing and Dining Services storerooms while completing his degree from Kansas State University. Upon graduation, he accepted the position of Purchasing Officer/Manager of Central Foodstores for the department where he was instrumental in developing computerized systems for the dining and foodstores operations. After 15 years of pioneering new technology applications, he transitioned to the role of implementing personal computers for the department.  As technology expanded, the number of pc’s increased from 2 to 300. Garland’s expertise was further utilized when computer network connections and “help desk” services were provided to students in the residence halls. Garland has served on the University’s Security Incident Response Team (SIRT) for the past 10 years.

 Peggy A. Matthews

Peggy began working at KSU on July 2, 1971 for the Office of Admission and Records.  In September of 1975, she transferred to the Division of University Facilities.  In September of 1983, Peggy was promoted to a position in the Department of Physics and has been there since as Secretary to the Department Head and Office Manager.  Peggy was honored to receive the College of Arts & Sciences Employee of the Year award for 2011.  She has been married for 40 years and has 2 children and one grandchild.

Joann Moore

Joann has worn many hats (and hairnets) over the years with K-State Housing and Dining Services. She started in the Derby Dining Center dishroom in 1971 and quickly moved to vegetable preparation. One year later, she promoted to lead worker, then advanced to dishroom supervisor. The kitchens at Boyd and Putnam Halls had the benefit of Joann’s talents for several years before she returned to Derby as production supervisor, a role she continues in today. Joann paved the way for 9-month foodservice employees to work as part of the summer maintenance staff.  Over the years, Joann has seen significant changes in the variety of menu concepts for meals, salad and dessert bars instead of plated offerings, and special events and dinners. Joann believes communication continues to be a challenge that “we all just keep working on.”

Robert L. Page

Prof. Robert Page graduated from KSU in 1962 with a BS and from Harvard University in 1965 with a MLA.  He worked for Hideo Sasaki until 1971. After two visits to KSU as a visiting lecturer he joined the Department of Landscape Architecture. He taught senior design from 1971 to 2006, during that time 47 students from his classes received national awards for their work in his design classes. Today those past students of his are CEO or Principals of major firms with a worldwide practice and continue to win professional design awards  While at KSU Prof Page restored and lived in an 1860 stone house with his wife, Joan, son Wayne, and  daughter Lorelei. While on phased retirement Bob and Joan sailed their sail boat from Australia to Puget Sound. They look forward to sailing with their family and grandchildren

Peggy J. Selvidge

Peggy graduated from Brown Mackie School of Business, Salina, KS, in 1969. She then started her K-State career. She was employed by the Student Publications office from 1969-1971. Peggy has spent the next 40 years as an employee in the Department of Civil Engineering and also had the opportunity to serve on the KSU Classified Senate for three years. Peggy retired from K-State in September 2011. She has a son, a daughter and two grandchildren. 

James C. Shanteau

Dr. James Shanteau received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (1970) from University of California, San Diego. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Quantitative Psychology (1970-71) at the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty at K-State in 1971, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1975, and Professor in 1980. He was named Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty in 2003 and University Distinguished Professor in 2005. Dr. Shanteau’s research includes studies of expertise, especially air traffic control and organ donation/ transplantation. To support his work, he received over $5.9 million from funding agencies. His publications include over 70 articles in referred journals, 10 books, 65 book chapters, 6 encyclopedia entries, 7 monographs, 23 proceedings papers, 14 technical reports, and 3 computer programs.  Dr. Shanteau served K-State as Director of Institute for Social and Behavioral Research (ISBR) and as Interim Associate Vice Provost for Research. He served as Program Director for the Decision, Risk, & Management Program at National Science Foundation. He is a Fellow of three divisions of the American Psychological Association and a Charter Fellow of the American Psychological Society. He was co-founder and first President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making.  In memory of his late wife, Dr. Shanteau fully endowed the Doreen Shanteau Undergraduate Research Fellowship program to fund undergraduate students while they work on research projects with faculty mentors.

Dorothy L. Smith

After graduation, Dorothy knew she wanted to stay in Manhattan and the place for her would be at Kansas State University. She began her career in the K-State Extension Services in 1972.  Moving on after a couple of years she worked for the Registrar followed by the Vice President for Student Services, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, School of Leadership Studies and now she is the Administrative Assistant to the new Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies. Dorothy has thoroughly enjoyed her 40 years at K-State and is looking forward to more gratifying years in her current position as she knows they will be chocked full of new, fun and rewarding experiences.  Kansas State has the best students, faculty and staff that any university could hope to have. Dorothy says “Thank you Kansas State University”.

Brian S. Spooner

Brian joined the faculty of the Kansas State University Division of Biology as an assistant professor August 1, 1971, following an AA degree from Hannibal LaGrange College, a BS degree from Quincy University, a PhD degree from Temple University and postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Washington and Stanford University. He was promoted to associate professor in 1975, full professor in 1979, and was designated university distinguished professor in 1999. He has taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, in principles of biology, cell biology, developmental biology, embryology, and space biology. His research brought international recognition in cell and developmental biology and in space biology, and his publications have been cited in the literature over 5,000 times. He secured over $11M in extramural grants, and had experiments on 18 space shuttle flights. He has also served as Director of the Division of Biology from 1994-2009 and currently, and was Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences from 2009-2011.  He is the recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award and the title of University Distinguished Professor for his academic achievements, and received the inaugural Presidential Outstanding Department Head Award for his administrative achievements.

Dr. J. Garth Thompson

Dr. Thompson received a B.E.S in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University in 1960. He then pursued M.S and Ph. D degrees in Mechanical Engineering (Automatic Controls) from Purdue University 1962-1967. While working on his Ph.D. he was in Instructor on the Faculty at Purdue where he taught the undergraduate automatic controls.  After finishing his M.S. degree, Dr. Thompson spent a year designing attitude control systems for spacecraft at the TRW Corporation in Redondo Beach California. After completing his Ph.D. degree Dr. Thompson accepted a position on the faculty of University of Texas, Austin, where he established their undergraduate and graduate controls programs. Dr. Thompson accepted an appointment as Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at KSU from 1971 – 1974. In 1984, Dr. Thompson was the founding Director of the Center for Research in Computer Controlled Automation, a State of Kansas Center of Excellence, which later evolved into the Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AMI). He served another four year term as Head of the KSU Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department from 1997 to 2001. From 2007 to 2010 he was the Director of the Engineering Partnership between KSU and Kabul University in Kabul Afghanistan. During that three year period, Dr. Thompson and his wife Barbara lived in Kabul for about 80% of the time. Upon completion of the engineering partnership, Dr. Thompson was appointed faculty advisor to the student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Using the AIAA as the support base, he and Dr. Schinstock developed the AUVSI Student Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) competition team. Last year the team won 5th place in the SUAS international competition. He and his students have published widely and he is the recipient of numerous teaching, research, and advising awards. 


Susan G. Amego

Susan (Sue) started working part time, while a high school student, as an Emergency Room cashier.  In 1969, she began working full time in the Nutrition Clinic. In 1974, Sue became a Receptionist in Computer Services, which later became Information Resources. She was able to acquire more technical skills, leading to a position as a Data Control Technician, scheduling computer jobs.  Although this was initially manual, Sue has improved the process through automation.  KUMC sends “Congratulations on 40 years with KUMC”! Susan (Sue) Amego has been a valued employee of the Kansas University Medical Center (KUMC) for over 40 years!  


Robert J. Antonio

Bob Antonio is Professor of Sociology and Chancellors Club Teaching Professor.  He has worked actively with many American Studies and Honors Program students as well as students from Sociology and other programs. He has had the good fortune to work with fine colleagues, many excellent, well-formed students, and a good number of sons and daughters of former students. He still enjoys them, loves the visits from former students, and appreciates his life here. Bob says - thank you Kansas!  

Ronald T. Borchardt

Ronald is currently the Solon E. Summerfield Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Kansas-Lawrence (KU). After earning his B.S. degree in Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin in 1967 and his Ph.D. degree in Medicinal Chemistry at KU in 1970, Professor Borchardt served 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health at Bethesda, MD. Professor Borchardt returned to KU in 1971 where over the past 40 years he has held faculty appointments in the Department of Biochemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and in the Departments of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry in the School of Pharmacy. In addition to his role as a classroom teacher in undergraduate and graduate courses at KU, Professor Borchardt has directed the research of approximately 175 Ph.D. students, Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Scientists in his KU laboratories. He is author or coauthor of over 500 scientific papers, Editor of 10 books and Series Editor of 23 books. He and his wife Pam, have 3 children, Scott and Paul who are graduates of KU’s School of Business and Kelly who graduated from KU’s School of Nursing.

Robert P. Hanzlik

Bob Hanzlik joined the KU School of Pharmacy in 1971 after earning a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Stanford and completing a year of postdoctoral research in Cambridge, England. He is currently Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Director of the NIH-funded Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Protein Structure and Function at KU. He is also an enthusiastic wind-surfer and member of the KU Mad Dogs running club.

Hobart C. Jackson

Hobart came to the University of Kansas in fall 1971 as an assistant professor in the School of Architecture and Urban Design under then Dean Charles Kahn. Over a KU career of 40 years, he taught basic architectural design, architectural photography, and structures of architects. He served as mentor to minority students, founding president of the Black Faculty and Staff Council at KU, and as a KU University Council and Senex member. He received the Diversity Achievement award from the national ACSA in 2010. He retired December, 2011 as a associate professor in the School of Architecture, Design, and Planning and continues his practices as a photographer and painter with his wife Shakura, at Valley Lane Studios in Lawrence, KS.

Bruce A. Johnston

Bruce has worked for the Chemistry Dept since 1972 in several positions, the most recent being an Operations Laboratory Tech for the Organic Chemistry Labs. He has enjoyed working here and hopes for several more years working in the department.

Peggy B. Palmer

Peggy Palmer interned at KU during her senior year in high school and promptly went to work full-time after graduating from Lawrence High School in 1971. Her warm personality and perky smile have kept her in the mix at KU beginning as a Clerk Typist II for the University Registrar located in Strong Hall. In 1978, she moved to word processing supervisor at Printing Services and which was located on west campus. After 20 years at Printing Services, she returned to the heart of main campus, working once again in Strong Hall for KU Student Services. Peggy is currently working with budget and personnel related services as Administrative Professional for Provost Business Services. Although now not as young and perky, she continues to share her warm smile and loyal crimson and blue devotion to everyone.

Dorothy L. Pennington

Dr. Pennington has a joint faculty appointment between the departments of African and African American Studies and Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. She specializes in intercultural communication, rhetoric, African American culture, and the origins of African American churches in Kansas.  For her dedicated service to the State of Kansas, she has been awarded a Steeples Service to Kansans Award, given by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas.  She has also presented a one-woman historical reenactment of the life of nineteenth century activist, Sojourner Truth, in the Kansas Humanities Council’s History Alive! Program,  to high schoolers and middle schoolers in the State of Kansas.  And she has  served on the Kansas Folklife Festival Committee and as a humanist for the Kansas Humanities Council.

Wayne E. Spellman

Wayne E. Spellman State of Kansas Service: October 4, 1971- December 9, 2011. Salina, Kansas: Job Opportunity Center Program Worker; Leavenworth, Kansas: Job Opportunity Center Interviewer; Manhattan, Kansas: Kansas State University Payroll Supervisor; Lawrence, Kansas: Kansas University Payroll Accountant; Kansas University Personnel Services Transactions and Records Supervisor: Kansas University Payroll Office Funding Accountant.  US Army Military Policeman 1969-71; Vietnam Veteran; Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) member since 1971; Host Dad to International kids from Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and China; Enjoys most sports, walking, yard care, landscaping and traveling.